Do you pay attention to the sounds and sights around you? For those of us who live in rural environments, it's generally the birds, wind in the trees, and insects.
But there are also special times when I can sit on our porch and also hear roosters crowing, bleating goats, clucking chickens, mooing cows and more. You're probably wondering if I'm going to get into my own version of "Old McDonald" but you're wrong.
During the rut season, we love to hear the wild calls of the bull elk during the evening. There is also the bark, whine, and yelp of the coyotes on the nearby prairie, especially at night.
Last year was the first time I took particular notice of the tricolor bumble bee. I was getting ready to drop some green compost into our container and saw this bee on orange peels.
This year many of our plants were soon to bloom but we had a killing frost and most of what normally blooms didn't burst into wonderful color this summer. The purple Penstemon is one of the hearty plants that grow in our yard. Not all of the flowers survived the frost but I was elated to see the bees were attracted to the few that did.
I heard the buzzing of flies and bees one day while out filling bird baths so I took a close look at the flowers that were blooming. I saw several tricolor bees that I remembered seeing in our compost container last year.
I then did some research and found several articles about this tricolor bumble bee (Bombus ternarius) which is also known as "orange belted" in some searches.
I took numerous videos of the tricolor bumble bee on the purple Penstemon. We also had black moths that are active during daylight out around the flowers along with the bees.
In the photograph above, you can see the orange strips mixed in with the yellow and black bumble bee colors as it goes about gathering pollen on the Penstemon.
Are there any particular sounds of nature that you focus in on where you live? I'd love to read your comments.